Summary: As many other reviewers have mentioned, the major disappointment are the pre-installed backup softwares. I tried to backup and keep my computer in-sync with these, but the software is very very slow.
Summary: As a standalone hard drive this thing performs as it's supposed to, no complaints at all. It also comes with a program called WD smartware which is designed to automatically backup documents, music, photos, etc to the external drive when you plug it in.
Summary: I purchased this in April of 2011 and was excited to have an external hard drive to store music and photos so I could use them between my Mac and my PC. The drive only worked for 8 months. I'd rather spend the extra money and find something that will work long term.
Summary: I ordered this drive and about 40 days later it went to Western Digital for replacement. It just quit working while being accessed. Apparently according to Western Digital the on-board controller went south. Western Digital did replace it with a refurbished unit.
Summary: I have a serious dislike for this hard drive. This drive (My Passport by Western Digital) is the worst hard drive that I own. It is difficult to keep the USB cable in (careful, don't move it!!) and it gets removed very easily.
Could have been perfect - except for propritary cord
4 August 2011
Summary: Im biased because I have a pet peeve against proprietary USB cords with wierd shapes. This one has a "special" cord. Was out of town and couldnt find the USB cord and OF COURSE none of my spares fit because this one is a special propritary shape.
Software/drivers don't install, and updates can't be applied. Works as bare drive only.
27 June 2010
Summary: I plugged this drive in and the drivers refused to install on Windows 7 64-bit (with all the latest updates applied). I tried running the setup program directly from the drive as the instructions specified and as soon as the setup program runs, a dialog says "This application has encountered an...
Summary: I think I shouldn't have fallen for the blue color because that was the only factor that made me buy the Western Digital My Passport Essential, blue. The design is really wonderful and sleek. For most of the time I am unable to gather what is being backed up.